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‘Depressed’ Eakins ‘didn’t even leave the house’ after blowout loss to Calgary

Mar 24, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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If you happen to run into Oilers coach Dallas Eakins today, don’t bother asking how his weekend went.

Following Saturday’s 8-1 home loss to Calgary — a game in which someone threw an Oilers jersey onto the ice for the second time this season — Eakins admitted the last 48 hours were tough to swallow.

“I didn’t even leave the house yesterday,” he said, per Sportsnet. “I wanted to spend the day with my girls. You’re living in a depressed state.”

To say Eakins’ first year in Edmonton has been disappointing is a major understatement. The Oilers have a worse winning percentage (.410) than they had in either of the previous two years (.469 and .451, respectively), and are on pace to draft in the top-10 for the sixth year in a row.

The 8-1 loss came just two days after another brutal performance, a 3-1 loss at home to Buffalo — the only team in below Edmonton in the standings. Needless to say, losing by a combined 11-2 score to the Flames and Sabres — at Rexall, no less — has taken its toll on Eakins.

“I wanted to leave that [Flames] game behind,” he said. “However we have to deal with it today and then we’ll move on.”

Like Charlie Brown being followed around by that dang raincloud, Eakins just can’t escape the bad vibes. During Monday’s practice, he watched as goalie Viktor Fasth was run over by Anton Lander and was forced to leave the ice. Fasth, 2-0-1 in his brief time with Oilers, reportedly suffered a sprained neck in the collision.

Good times in Edmonton!


  1. canucks30 - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    This seems like a generation ago:

    • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      I wanted to thumbs-up this, but Nickelback prevented me from doing so.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        lol ^^^ look, a nickelback fan (the thumbs down).

      • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        i’ve never seen one in the wild. breathtaking, innit?

      • 11111111111a22 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Quite majestic, like the wild Capybara, or Hydrochoerus Hydrocharis, of North America.

  2. imleftcoast - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Is that a joke about Charlie Brown or were you out for a rip this weekend?

    • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      check the spelling of Brown. out for a rip.

      • 950003cups - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        It’s Charlie Bown. Short for Bowman. He’s Scotty Bowman’s long lost brother.

  3. 950003cups - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    So Eakins is looking to play the sympathy angle? “oh woe is me! I was home all day with my little girls. I was so depressed”

    He didn’t sound down in the dumps when he decided to rip a fan for throwing his jersey on the ice, which happens in every arena during bad times. I remember after Kovalchuk once lost the puck off his stick on a shootout attempt against the Sabres, two jerseys were thrown to the ice. Nobody ever asked about it. So basically, the ice crew got 2 free jerseys.

    Why would anyone respond to that question? The correct answer would have been. “We know fans are frustrated. We will doing everything possible to make sure we improve next year. Our fans deserve better”

    Why slam the fan? Now you’re gonna have raining jerseys in Edmonton just so they can say “that story about the jersey was about me!!”

    • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      sorry for the nitpicking, but why would you have to throw a jersey just to lie about throwing a jersey anyway?

      you’re welcome, Edmonton. i just saved you $180.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        ($200 Canadian)

  4. drewsylvania - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Shouldn’t a coach be keeping an even keel, in order to guide the ship toward success?

    Because being an emotional mess has worked out so well for the coach of a certain western Canada team…

  5. kingsfan93 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Dallas Eakins seems to be the cancer in the roothate just seems to always make headlines with (his) dramatic ways with something to say. Time for him to go.

    To help change that team around, trade some of that young talent for some players that know about winning, strong work ethic, teamplay, and leadership – Andrew Ference is an example.

    Also, get rid of the extras with R. Smyth, R. Jones, and etc…

    This team has been a real joke this season and for years on back. This team needs a major retooling and gotta start somewhere…..

    So I ask you guys, what would you do to change this team around?

    Make it legit.

  6. nj666 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Wow our coach sucks too but thank god he isn’t publicly whining about it.

  7. jernster21 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Eakins sure is a nice guy – his team is absolutely awful but they don’t have to own up to it because this clown always seems to be the center of attention.

  8. darksidecowboy - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    You guys need to trade one of those top forwards, the time has come. Oilers need the #1 defenseman before all these “kids” get old man beards.

  9. sharksfan97 - Mar 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    He needs cheering up. Someone get the guy a donut. Do!

  10. storminator16 - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Remember that presser on the day he was hired?

    “I think there may some big adjustments for the players, with me coming in here.”

    “I want players to be so fit that a forward, if I ask him to play 26 minutes that night, he’s going to play 26 minutes at a high level. If we’re in a Stanley Cup playoff game and we’re in quadruple overtime, he will still be firing on all cylinders.”

    “That is something that I’m passionate about that will be probably a bit of a challenge on the buy-in. But it’s non-negotiable, and there will be buy-in.”

    “When we have the puck we are going to challenge the other team with that kind of game. But as soon as we lose the puck, we’re going to push the pace to get it back.”

    Fun times.

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